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Too soon? Kyle Long cracks Bears first ‘double doink’ joke

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Too soon? Kyle Long cracks Bears first ‘double doink’ joke

126 days after Cody Parkey’s last-second field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles hit the left upright and cross bar, Kyle Long broke the silence.

The Bears haven’t avoided talking about the missed kick. Matt Nagy made it a point of emphasis at rookie minicamp.

But the team has kept it serious and somber when talking about the end of their playoff run. Until Sunday night when the veteran right guard cracked their first public “double doink” joke of the offseason.

He watched Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers with an iconic shot that bounced off of the rim four times.

This actually marked the first time any Bears players have even tweeted the word “doink” at any point.

Plenty of Bears fans responded with a simple “too soon,” but perhaps four months has been long enough.

Long’s tweet gives Chicago permission to laugh about Parkey’s miss — an important part of the healing process.

It certainly helps that, this time, the doinks ended Philadelphia’s playoff run.

 

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Kyle Long made Bleacher Report's 'Most Overpaid Player' list and definitely had some fun with it

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Kyle Long made Bleacher Report's 'Most Overpaid Player' list and definitely had some fun with it

On Saturday, Bleacher Report released their list of each NFL team’s most overpaid player. Kyle Long was the selection for the Bears, but the six-year veteran certainly knows how to have fun with the detractors.


Rather than responding in a brash or upset manner, Long decided to thank his agent for negotiating his four-year contract extension from back in 2016. Long has still been a productive player for the Bears, but $10 million a year was a bit too rich for the Bears’ current contending plans, and so they and Long agreed to restructure the contract lowering his cap figure for 2019.

At this point, he is still one of the crucial pieces of the Bears much improved offensive line, and while the details of his new cap figure aren’t public yet, it’s safe to say the Bears are happy with Long’s place in their long-term plans, regardless of his year-to-year cap hit.

And while the fans loved Long’s tweets, some pretty notable names loved Long’s reaction as well.


Kyle Long’s contract restructure leaves Bears with big decision next offseason

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Kyle Long’s contract restructure leaves Bears with big decision next offseason

The Bears cleared up some additional salary cap space this offseason by agreeing to a restructured contract for guard Kyle Long, who tweeted at the time he’s a “Bear for Life.”

The details of that contract restructuring emerged Wednesday, and it doesn’t bode well for his long-term future in Chicago.

Long’s contract is fully guaranteed for 2019, regardless of what happens from an injury standpoint. Then next offseason, Ryan Pace will have to decide whether or not to accept the 2020 option on his contract.

He would be set to cost $9.6 million against the salary cap that season, which the Bears can nullify by declining the option before the start of the 2020 league year.

That would make Long the 11th highest-paid guard in the NFL that season in terms of cap hit, right after he turns 31 years old.

If he can return to form with a strong 2019 season, he might have a chance of coming back for that 2020 option year.

But if he continues on the trajectory he’s currently on, Long might not be a Bear for life — at least not at this salary.

 

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